Russia and Korea Republic fought out a draw in Group H of the 2014 FIFA World Cup on Tuesday, the last two teams to begin their adventure in Brazil.
At the break it was 0-0 between the two sides, with few opportunities being carved out at either end. Son Heung-Min missed the best chance for Korea, while Sergei Ignashevich's long-range free kick was as close as Russia have come.
Goalkeeping errors blighted the second 45 minutes and led to the two goals, as the match finished 1-1.
|Russia Player Ratings|
Russia half time analysis
Akinfeev: Has had nothing to do at all.
Eshchenko: Hasn't gotten forward quickly enough to provide any overlapping threat.
Ignashevich: Solid at the back and a thunderous free kick.
Berezutski: Troubled when players run straight at him.
Kombarov: Delivery disappointing from set plays. Not as attack-minded as usual.
Glushakov: Neat, controlled, unambitious.
Fayzulin: Needs to take the game by the scruff of the neck. Should make runs from deep.
Samedov: Has been in one or two promising positions but little exciting link play.
Shatov: In and out of the game but probably Russia's biggest threat with his movement.
Zhirkov: An onlooker. Wasted a good chance.
Kokorin: No service, little running, no chances.
Russia full time analysis
Akinfeev: Spilled two routine shots and got lucky with the rebounds—before paying the highest price of all at the third time of asking.
Eshchenko: Was too easily beaten at times down the channel.
Ignashevich: Largely untroubled but too slow with his passing into midfield.
Berezutski: Similar to his partner, one should have been more pro-active.
Kombarov: Came to life at times after the break, one long-range shot.
Glushakov: Not his best game, subbed.
Fayzulin: Didn't really create enough from deep but passed the ball about nicely.
Samedov: Not enough from a key attacker in the end.
Shatov: Replaced before the hour.
Zhirkov: Poor throughout and replaced.
Kokorin: Had half-chances, worked hard, more required.
Dzagoev: Helped raise the tempo and carried the ball well.
Kerzhakov: Super-sub with his goal.
Denisov: Should really be in the side from the start.
|Korea Republic Player Ratings|
Korea Republic half time analysis
Jung SR: Made one good save but untroubled in the main.
Lee Y: Solid if unspectacular.
Hong JH: Has marked Kokorin well.
Kim YG: One error in clearing but untroubled otherwise.
Yun SY: Hasn't really supported going forward. Beaten on the outside twice.
Ki SY: Nice in possession but not aggressive or creative enough.
Han KY: The more aggressive of the midfield duo. Some nice touches.
Lee CY: Linked play nicely once or twice. Not involved enough.
Koo JC: Korea's most impressive performer so far, trying to make things happen.
Son HM: Wasted the best chance, booked and generally things aren't coming off for him yet.
Park CY: No service or time on the ball.
Korea Republic full time analysis
Jung SR: Howler for the equaliser. Dodgy at times throughout.
Lee Y: Did well defensively.
Hong JH: Played well and closed down opponents, subbed later on.
Kim YG: Hit a good free kick and nice in possession, could have been more aggressive defensively.
Yun SY: Steady but lost his man cutting infield.
Ki SY: One of the better players in possession.
Han KY: Didn't offer much second half, subbed.
Lee CY: Faded second half.
Koo JC: Korea's best player but drifted out the game when Russia took over.
Son HM: Exciting to watch and good movement but no end product.
Park CY: Subbed early on.
Lee KH: Speculative effort rewarded with a goal.
Hwang SH: Shored things up defensively.
Kim BK: No time.
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